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  • Jewish National Fund works hand in glove with Israeli military | The Electronic Intifada

    https://electronicintifada.net/content/jewish-national-fund-works-hand-glove-israeli-military/30716

    A propos d’Al-Araqib, le village bédouin qui a été détruit plus de 150 fois par les autorités israéliennes, et qui st systématiquement reconstruit. Mais c’est fatigant.

    The Jewish National Fund promotes itself as the “oldest green organization in the world.” By running social and environmental projects, the JNF has diverted attention away from how it has played a central role in the Zionist colonization of Palestine and, by extension, the dispossession of Palestinians.

    Almost 120 years after its inception, the JNF remains firmly committed to Zionism, the ideology underpinning Israel’s apartheid system.

    And a trawl through JNF documentation reveals that it enables Israeli violence on a massive scale.

    Unnoticed by the Western media, the organization – headquartered in Jerusalem – is hoping to implement an ambitious blueprint known as “Israel 2040.” It aims to settle 1.5 million Israelis in the Negev and Galilee regions over the coming two decades.

  • Britain’s poisoned legacy in Palestine | The Electronic Intifada
    https://electronicintifada.net/content/britains-poisoned-legacy-palestine/29281

    The narrative of Legacy of Empire revolves around two central questions.

    First, why was Palestine relevant to the British Empire in 1917? And second, why did British colonialism remain faithful to Zionism, even in the wake of concerted Arab resistance such as the major revolt of the 1930s?

    Thompson answers the first question by writing that the declaration was a “wartime exigency” and “a tale of coincidences and contingency.” Under H. H. Asquith, British prime minister from 1908-1916, Palestine was not “a strategic priority.”

    The author questions historical accounts that say Britain collaborated with Zionism under Asquith. What made Palestine relevant, he argues, was the ascension of David Lloyd George to the premiership in December 1916, along with military setbacks that risked Britain losing the world war.

    Thompson’s case for contingency and coincidence rests with Lloyd George, a Christian Zionist who was charmed by Chaim Weizmann, one of the leading figures in the Zionist movement.

    Weizmann convinced Lloyd George that “the Jews in both Russia and the US were crucial to their respective countries remaining in the war.” The promise of a Jewish homeland would result in Jews pressuring Tsarist Russia to remain in the war and ensure that the US would become fully involved in it.

    In short, Weizmann sold Lloyd George on what was essentially an anti-Semitic trope of the power of “international Jewry.”

  • How Israeli spies are flooding Facebook and Twitter | The Electronic Intifada
    https://electronicintifada.net/content/how-israeli-spies-are-flooding-facebook-and-twitter/27596

    Act.IL is run by a former Israeli spy who has argued that his outfit is involved in “a new kind of war.”

    While Act.IL publicly denies being supported by the Israeli government, the group’s chief executive has admitted in Hebrew to working closely with Israeli ministries, and in English that his staff are mostly former Israeli spies.

    His name is Yarden Ben Yosef. Last year, he explained his group’s methods in an article for a journal aimed at Israeli diplomats. He lamented that – in #Gaza that May – “the Palestinian narrative prevailed in world media over the Israeli one.”

    Israeli snipers had massacred more than 60 unarmed Palestinian protesters on a single day during the Great March of Return protests, injuring thousands more.

    Ben Yosef advocated for “inserting ourselves” into online discussions, because readers nowadays see the comments section under articles published by websites as part of the story.

    Using sophisticated “monitoring software,” he wrote, Act.IL closely watched news and social media the week before the opening of the new US embassy in Jerusalem – one of the triggers for the Palestinian protests.

    Ben Yosef explained that “controlling the online media discussion became our top priority.”

    He claimed victory in these efforts, successfully “bumping the pro-Israeli comments to the top of the list in 85 percent of the cases.”

    #hasbara #propagande #Palestine

  • Israël : un pic de chaleur provoque des centaines d’incendies - moyen orient -
    Publié le 23-05-2019 - RFI - Avec notre correspondant à Jérusalem, Guilhem Delteil
    http://www.rfi.fr/moyen-orient/20190523-israel-pic-chaleur-provoque-centaines-incendies-evacuations

    Une vague de chaleur touche en ce moment le Proche-Orient. Des températures dépassant les 40° ont été mesurées sur le littoral méditerranéen, entre la bande de Gaza et le nord d’Israël. Et les pompiers israéliens font face à des centaines d’incendies. Le Premier ministre, Benyamin Netanyahu, a demandé une aide aérienne internationale pour aider à combattre ces feux.

    Tout au long de la journée, ce sont des centaines d’incendies qui se sont déclarés sur le territoire israélien et en Cisjordanie. La plupart de ces feux ont été contenus, mais dans le centre d’Israël, deux foyers ont pris de l’ampleur.

    Le chef des pompiers de la région a, dans l’après-midi, mobilisé l’ensemble de ses effectifs. Mais face à la progression des flammes, le Premier ministre a jugé nécessaire de faire appel à une aide internationale. Il a demandé à ses services de solliciter « immédiatement » un soutien aérien de pays voisins.
    (...)
    Selon les pompiers israéliens, le pic de chaleur combiné à une tradition juive serait à l’origine de la majorité de ces incendies. Israël célébrait ce jeudi Lag BaOmer, une fête au cours de laquelle des feux de joie sont allumés. Certains auraient été mal éteints.

    • Largement plus de 40¨en Egypte

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      L’Égypte vit depuis mercredi une vague de chaleur sans précédent qui a provoqué des incendies dans plusieurs installations et moyens de transport, faisant trois morts jeudi.

      Un incendie a éclaté dans un bus au Caire, près du stade de “Défense aérienne” et le véhicule a été évacué de tous les passagers avant d’être réduit en cendres, a rapporté le quotidien Akhbar al-Youm.

    • The Carmel wildfire is burning all illusions in Israel
      Max Blumenthal, The Electronic Intifada, 6 December 2010
      https://electronicintifada.net/content/carmel-wildfire-burning-all-illusions-israel/9130

      After Weitz’s wishes were fulfilled, the JNF planted hundreds of thousands of trees over freshly destroyed Palestinian villages like al-Tira, helping to establish the Carmel National Park. An area on the south slope of Mount Carmel so closely resembled the landscape of the Swiss Alps that it was nicknamed “Little Switzerland.” Of course, the nonindigenous trees of the JNF were poorly suited to the environment in Palestine. Most of the saplings the JNF plants at a site near Jerusalem simply do not survive, and require frequent replanting. Elsewhere, needles from the pine trees have killed native plant species and wreaked havoc on the ecosystem. And as we have seen with the Carmel wildfire, the JNF’s trees go up like tinder in the dry heat.

  • A village in danger of erasure | The Electronic Intifada

    https://electronicintifada.net/content/village-danger-erasure/23981

    Depuis plus de dix ans, le village d’Al Walaja près de Jérusalem se meurt lentement, étouffé par la colonisation et le mur de séparation.

    The picturesque Palestinian village of al-Walaja, located between Jerusalem and Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank, is known for its verdant landscape, agricultural terraces and numerous springs.

    But over the past seven decades, most of al-Walaja’s land has been taken away from its approximately 2,000 residents. Now, the United Nations warns, the future of the village is in grave danger.

    Almost all of al-Walaja’s population are registered as refugees with UNRWA, the UN agency for Palestine refugees. The village was among the hundreds of Palestinian communities destroyed in the period before and after the declaration of the State of Israel in 1948.

    During that period, some residents relocated to the West Bank, then controlled by Jordan, now under Israeli military occupation, where they built homes that became the current al-Walaja village.

  • Fake Labour accounts fueling « anti-Semitism crisis »
    https://electronicintifada.net/content/fake-labour-accounts-fueling-anti-semitism-crisis/26441

    An investigation by The Electronic Intifada has documented 10 fake Twitter profiles posing as Corbyn supporters who have been posting virulent anti-Semitism.

    The accounts share sufficient similarities to indicate that the same person – or group – is running them.

    Without police involvement or a court case, it’s impossible to know for sure who is behind this troll network.

    But whoever it is, they are clearly attempting to smear Labour as an anti-Semitic party.

  • Israel uses online blackmail to recruit collaborators | The Electronic Intifada
    https://electronicintifada.net/content/israel-uses-online-blackmail-recruit-collaborators/23461

    It was through social media that Ashraf Abu Leila, possibly the most notorious of recently convicted collaborators, is said to have first been recruited by Israeli intelligence. Accused with two other men of the assassination of Mazen al-Fuqaha, a senior Qassam Brigades leader who was killed in March last year, Abu Leila was executed on 25 May 2017 after being found guilty by a revolutionary court.

    Under questioning, Abu Leila is said to have confessed to being recruited through an online messenger app at the beginning of 2004 by a man who claimed to be a member of al-Qaida. And over time, authorities say, Abu Leila proved a deadly assassin.

    A member of Hamas since 2001, Abu Leila reportedly early became close to a Qassam commander, who would unwittingly shield him in the future. During the 2007 fighting in Gaza that led to the ouster of Fatah, Hamas authorities now say he was responsible for the murder of several members of the preventive security forces. He was also accused of another murder, but escaped punishment due to his involvement with Hamas’ military wing.

    He subsequently worked in different ministries until 2013, when he became increasingly radicalized and reportedly got close to Gaza’s Doghmush clan and its Salafi Army of Islam group. Indeed, the assassination of al-Fuqaha was initially thought to have been carried out by Salafis, with whom Hamas has been engaged in conflict on and off for more than a decade.

    Les #réseaux_sociaux comme instrument de recrutement pour des informateurs locaux par les Israéliens. #israël #palestine #tic_arabes

  • Ces #arbres qui cachent des #forêts de « #greenwashing »
    http://theconversation.com/ces-arbres-qui-cachent-des-forets-de-greenwashing-105744

    Au cours d’un processus de reforestation ou de reboisement, des décisions doivent être prises quant aux essences que l’on s’apprête à replanter : natives ou exotiques, polyvalentes ou à croissance rapide, forêts qui se régénèrent naturellement ou non. Or de tels choix, essentiels, font parfois l’objet de mauvaises évaluations, notamment dans la sélection des espèces.

    L’eucalyptus constitue ici un exemple édifiant. Souvent choisi pour sa croissance éclair et sa rentabilité économique, cet arbre est généralement planté sur des terres où il est totalement exotique et qui ne sont pas aptes à l’accueillir. Requérant des quantités d’eau considérables, il assèche alors les nappes phréatiques et entre en compétition avec les espèces locales.

    En Europe, le remplacement des chênes natifs à larges feuilles par des conifères à croissance rapide a entraîné une augmentation de 10 % du couvert forestier sur le continent par rapport à l’ère pré-industrielle. Ces nouveaux arbres absorbent toutefois nettement moins bien le carbone que les espèces originelles. En revanche, ils capturent plus efficacement la chaleur, intensifiant ainsi les effets du réchauffement climatique. Replanter des arbres à l’aveugle peut donc, de toute évidence, être la source de nouveaux problèmes.

    Au fil de leur longue croissance, les arbres nécessitent une attention continue. Or les systèmes de reforestation et de reboisement consistent bien souvent à planter et à s’en aller – sans que des ressources ne soient investies pour l’entretien de ces jeunes arbres. Particulièrement vulnérables aux maladies et à la concurrence pour la lumière et les nutriments, ils sont alors susceptibles de mourir rapidement.

  • Planter des arbres pour le climat ? Oui, mais pas n’importe comment
    https://reporterre.net/Planter-des-arbres-pour-le-climat-Oui-mais-pas-n-importe-comment

    Malgré l’implication des sociétés et des organisations caritatives, les études ont montré que les contributions les plus essentielles à ce type de programmes étaient celles des agriculteurs et des habitants locaux, et non celles des entreprises.

    Dans la mesure où les communautés sont les premières responsables des arbres plantés sur leurs terres, il est essentiel que les projets conçus par des organismes extérieurs soient pensés et mis en œuvre de manière judicieuse et dans l’intérêt des habitants.

    Si certains considèrent que ce système est gagnant-gagnant pour l’environnement, indépendamment de qui le met en œuvre, la compensation ne consiste en réalité en rien d’autre qu’une nouvelle forme d’écoblanchiment utilisée par les entreprises.

    Or les dommages environnementaux causés à un endroit ne seront jamais annulés par des réparations, parfois menées à l’autre bout du monde. Plus grave, la plantation d’arbres, lorsqu’elle est effectuée sans discernement, peut causer davantage de mal que de bien. Certaines forêts, à la biodiversité très riche, sont rasées à des fins agricoles ou industrielles, puis remplacées par des plantations d’une seule et même espèce, souvent choisie pour ses rendements rapides. Or une forêt tropicale peut prendre jusqu’à 65 ans pour repousser. Et des parcelles de forêt plantées en monoculture dans le cadre d’une reforestation ne pourront jamais présenter une biodiversité aussi riche.

    #greenwashing #écoblanchiment

  • UK Labour enables assaults on free speech | The Electronic Intifada

    https://electronicintifada.net/content/uk-labour-enables-assaults-free-speech/25576

    On 28 August this year, the New Statesman published an interview with Jonathan Sacks, Britain’s former chief rabbi, in which he described Jeremy Corbyn, the country’s main opposition leader, as “an anti-Semite.”

    By way of evidence, Sacks cited comments made by Corbyn in 2013, when the Labour leader and long-standing supporter of Palestinian rights allegedly criticized Zionists for failing to understand English irony. An editorial in the same issue of the London magazine claimed that “Corbyn’s remarks conflated a political position and an identity.”

    Even the traditionally Labour-supporting New Statesman, then, was endorsing the anti-Semitism charge.

    My initial reaction to these accusations was to dismiss them. How could anyone believe such nonsense?

    I have known and worked with Corbyn since the late 1970s. I cannot think of any other prominent politician who, throughout their entire adult life, has worked as tirelessly against racism in every form.

    But on reflection, I think a more considered response is necessary. We need to look carefully at any such allegations. Theoretically, at least, they just might be true.

    Corbyn’s remarks were made in reference to an earlier speech by Manuel Hassassian, the Palestinian Authority’s ambassador to the UK. Hassassian spoke in the British Parliament on 15 January 2013.

    We don’t have access to Hassassian’s entire speech but Richard Millett, a pro-Israel activist, recorded it at the time.

  • Il y aurait tout un dossier à faire sur Canada Park / Parc Canada, construit sur le site chrétien historique d’Emmaus (devenu Imwas), dans les territoires occupés depuis 1967, et dénoncé par l’organisation #Zochrot :
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canada_Park

    75% of visitors to Canada Park believe it’s located inside the Green Line
    Eitan Bronstein Aparicio, Zochrot, mai 2014
    https://www.zochrot.org/en/article/56204

    Dont le #FNJ (#JNF #KKL) efface la mémoire palestinienne :

    The Palestinian Past of Canada Park is Forgotten in JNF Signs
    Yuval Yoaz, Zochrot, le 31 mai 2005
    https://zochrot.org/en/press/51031

    Canada Park and Israeli “memoricide”
    Jonathan Cook, The Electronic Intifada, le 10 mars 2009
    https://electronicintifada.net/content/canada-park-and-israeli-memoricide/8126

    Canada Plays A Part In Sustaining Israel’s Military Occupation
    Tyler Levitan, Huffington Post, le 6 juin 2017
    https://www.huffingtonpost.ca/tyler-levitan/candian-taxes-israel_b_16957458.html

    Israël-Palestine, des arbres qui cachent la colonisation
    Adèle Ribuot et Nadav Joffe, Orient XXI, le 19 septembre 2018
    https://orientxxi.info/magazine/israel-palestine-des-arbres-au-service-de-la-colonisation,2637

    A relier à la problématique plus générale des destructions de #forêts en Palestine :
    https://seenthis.net/messages/317236

    #Palestine #Canada #Canada_Park #Parc_Canada

    • Emwas : Restoring memories
      Documentaire de Dima Abu Ghoush (Palestine, 2016)
      https://seenthis.net/messages/738832

      Dima est née à Emwas, mais elle a été forcée d’en partir à l’âge de 2 ans, comme tous les autres villageois, le second jour de la guerre de 1967. Toute sa vie elle a entendu des histoires à propos d’Emwas, mais elle ne connaît ce lieu qu’en tant que parc public, car c’est ainsi qu’Israël a transformé le village, quelques années après l’avoir démoli. En 2009, Dima décide de reconstruire Emwas sous la forme d’une maquette, avec l’aide de sa famille et de ses amis. Le film réussit à redonner vie à la bourgade disparue à travers la mémoire de ceux qui y ont habité, et soulève des questions sur le futur d’Emwas, et de ses anciens habitants qui rêvent encore d’y retourner.

      #Emmaus #Emwas #Imwas

  • Quelqu’un parmi les seenthisien·nes peut peut-être m’aider ?
    @simplicissimus peut-être ? @reka ?

    Je cherche cette #caricature, mentionnée dans cet article, passionnant par ailleurs : https://journals.openedition.org/etudesrurales/8132

    Voici la description de la caricature :

    une caricature parue dans un journal israélien montre #Arafat remettant aux incendiaires un certificat de « brûleurs d’#arbres » fait sur le modèle des certificats de planteurs d’arbres décernés par le #FNJ [Bardenstein 2005].

    source citée dans l’article :

    Bardenstein, 2005, Cultivating Attachments. Discourses of Rootedness in Palestine/Israel. Stanford, Stanford University Press (à paraître).

    –-> mais qui en réalité n’a jamais paru, j’ai l’impression !

    #Israël #Palestine

  • Jeremy Corbyn must not back down on Palestine | The Electronic Intifada

    https://electronicintifada.net/content/jeremy-corbyn-must-not-back-down-palestine/25341

    Since his election as Labour leader in 2015, Jeremy Corbyn has faced an unprecedented campaign of vitriol from the combined forces of the Jewish Labour Movement, the Board of Deputies of British Jews, right-wing Labour MPs, and pro-Israel newspapers with mainstream press and broadcast media all too happy to jump on the bandwagon.

    In response there has been an impressive show of solidarity from his supporters. Following days of manufactured outrage over comments made by Peter Willsman – Labour veteran and Corbyn ally – the hashtag #WeAreCorbyn trended at number one in the UK and number three worldwide. (Willsman’s crime: to demand evidence from those denouncing Corbyn for anti-Semitism.)

    This reflexive defense of Corbyn shows the level of respect for his hitherto unwavering commitment to social justice and fighting racism. The invective against him has, however, also prevented any real examination of Corbyn’s positions on Palestine -– positions that are far less radical than often presumed.

    More urgently at the present juncture, save for a few dissenting voices (such as The Electronic Intifada’s Asa Winstanley), he has also escaped opprobrium for manifestly failing to push back against the smear of anti-Semitism and for becoming increasingly apologetic for past solidarity with Palestine.

    This can no longer be allowed to stand. The stakes are much too high.

    Reports suggest Corbyn has capitulated to the demand that Labour incorporate into its Code of Conduct all four of the thus-far resisted “examples” of anti-Semitism devised by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA). This is despite Labour’s National Executive Committee (NEC) voting against this in mid-July.

    Ostensibly, a Labour NEC working group is still “consulting” on the issue. However, Corbyn has preempted the final outcome. He has unilaterally announced Labour now has an issue with only “half of one [IHRA] example.” Worryingly, reports suggest Corbyn will seek adoption of the IHRA examples as early as 4 September, conveniently before the Labour Party Conference at the end of the same month.

    These developments reveal the need for an urgent refocusing away from defending Corbyn to the real task at hand: exposing the manufactured anti-Semitism crisis and the IHRA’s assault on the right to criticize Israel.

    Tragically, the fight over the IHRA now looks to have also become a fight against Corbyn.

  • L’armée israélienne a bombardé aujourd’hui ce centre culture Al-Mishaal à Gaza

    Video: Building a theater audience in Gaza | The Electronic Intifada
    The Electronic Intifada 16 January 2018
    https://electronicintifada.net/content/video-building-theater-audience-gaza/22956
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=179&v=dvhPy_d1mNs

    Palestine’s Theater was founded in 2011 by director Edrees Taleb in Gaza City.

    The troupe brings together 25 actors from all over the Strip, to rehearse and perform plays for the public.

    There is no dedicated playhouse in Gaza, so the troupe rehearses and performs at the Said al-Mishal Establishment for Culture and Sciences in Gaza City.

    The troupe faced obstacles in starting the group and generating interest in their plays.

    Actress Hanan Madi said that not all families are encouraging, “but once they understand it and realize it’s reasonable, they no longer object.”

    The project wasn’t successful from the outset, according to Taleb.

    “But after I insisted that people attend, my audience grew. They come, pay tickets and try to enjoy a comedic performance to try to take their minds off of life in the Gaza Strip, from electricity cuts to other things.”

    Video by Ruwaida Amer and Sanad Abu Latifa.

    #Gaza

  • #Israel is arming #neo-Nazis in Ukraine | The Electronic Intifada
    https://electronicintifada.net/content/israel-arming-neo-nazis-ukraine/24876

    Israel’s military aid to Ukraine and its neo-Nazis emulates similar programs by the United States and other NATO countries including the UK and Canada.

    So obsessed are they with defeating a perceived threat from Russia that they seem happy to aid even openly Nazi militias – as long as they fight on their side.

    This is also a throwback to the early Cold War, when the #CIA supported fascists and Hitlerites to infiltrate from Austria into Hungary in 1956, where they began slaughtering Hungarian communist Jews and Hungarian Jews as “communists.”

    #OTAN

  • “National security” cited as reason Al Jazeera nixed Israel lobby film | The Electronic Intifada
    https://electronicintifada.net/content/national-security-cited-reason-al-jazeera-nixed-israel-lobby-film/24566

    Al Jazeera’s investigative documentary into the US Israel lobby was censored by Qatar over “national security” fears, The Electronic Intifada has learned.

    These include that broadcast of the film could add to pressure for the US to pull its massive Al Udeid air base out of the Gulf state, or make a Saudi military invasion more likely.

    A source has confirmed that broadcast of The Lobby – USA was indefinitely delayed as “a matter of national security” for Qatar. The source has been briefed by a high-level individual in Doha.

    One of the Israel lobby groups whose activities are revealed in the film has been mounting a campaign to convince the US to withdraw its military forces from Qatar – which leaders in the emirate would see as a major blow to their security.

    The tiny gas-rich monarchy houses and funds satellite channel Al Jazeera.

    In April, managers at the channel were forced to deny a claim by a right-wing American Zionist group that the program has been canceled altogether.

    In October 2017, the head of Al Jazeera’s investigative unit promised that the film would be aired “very soon.”

    Yet eight months later, it has yet to see the light of day.

    In March, The Electronic Intifada exclusively published the first concrete details of what is in the film.

    The film reportedly identifies a number of lobby groups as working directly with Israel to spy on American citizens using sophisticated data gathering techniques. The documentary is also said to cast light on covert efforts to smear and intimidate Americans seen as too critical of Israel.

    Some of the activity revealed in the film could include US organizations acting as front operations for Israel without registering as agents of a foreign state as required by US law.

    The latest revelation over the censored film shows how seriously Qatar’s leadership is taking threats of repercussions should it air.

    Threats
    The Israel lobby groups reported on in the film could be expected to take legal action against Al Jazeera if it is broadcast.

    However, such threats alone would be unlikely to deter Al Jazeera from broadcasting the film.

    The network has a history of vigorously defending its work and it was completely vindicated over complaints about a documentary aired in January 2017 that revealed how Israel lobby groups in Britain collude with the Israeli embassy, and how the embassy interfered in British politics.

    Israel’s supporters are also pushing for the US Congress to force the network, which has a large US operation, to register as a “foreign agent” in a similar fashion to Russian channel RT.

    But the high-level individual in Doha’s claim that the film is being censored as “a matter of national security” ties the affair to even more serious threats to Qatar and bolsters the conclusion that the censorship is being ordered at the highest level of the state.

    A year ago, with the support of US President Donald Trump and his son-in-law Jared Kushner, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates cut off diplomatic relations with Qatar and imposed a transport and economic blockade on the country.

    Saudi rulers and their allies see Qatar as too independent of their influence and too open to relations with their regional rival Iran, and the blockade was an attempt to force it to heel.

    The Saudis and Israel accused Qatar of funding “terrorism,” and have taken measures to restrict Al Jazeera or demanded it be shut down altogether over what they perceive as the channel’s anti-Israel and anti-Saudi-monarchy biases.

    The blockade and the diplomatic assault sparked existential fears in Qatar that Saudi-led forces could go as far as to invade and install a more pliant regime in Doha.

    French newspaper Le Monde reported on Friday that the Saudi king has threatened “military action” against Qatar should it go ahead with a planned purchase of a Russian air defense missile system.

    In 2011, Saudi and Emirati forces intervened in Bahrain, another small Gulf nation, at the request of its ruling Khalifa monarchy in order to quell a popular uprising demanding democratic reforms.

    For three years, US and British-backed Saudi and Emirati forces have been waging a bloody and devastating war on Yemen to reimpose a Saudi-backed leadership on the country, clear evidence of their unprecedented readiness to directly use military force to impose their will.

    And no one in the region will have forgotten how quickly Iraqi forces were able to sweep in and take over Kuwait in August 1990.

    Air base
    The lesson of the Kuwait invasion for other small Gulf countries is that only the protection of the United States could guarantee their security from bigger neighbors.

    Qatar implemented that lesson by hosting the largest US military facility in the region, the massive Al Udeid air base.

    The Saudi-led bloc has pushed for the US to withdraw from the base and the Saudi foreign minister predicted that should the Americans pull out of Al Udeid, the regime in Doha would fall “in less than a week.”

    US warplanes operate from the Al Udeid air base near Doha, Qatar, October 2017. US Air Force Photo
    It would be a disaster from the perspective of Doha if the Israel lobby was to put its full weight behind a campaign to pull US forces out of Qatar.

    Earlier this year, an influential member of Congress and a former US defense secretary publicly discussed moving the US base out of Qatar at a conference hosted by the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD).

    FDD is a neoconservative Israel lobby group that happens to be one of the subjects of the undercover Al Jazeera film.

    As The Electronic Intifada revealed in March, FDD is one of the groups acting as an agent of the Israeli government even though it is not registered to do so.

    In July 2017, FDD’s Jonathan Schanzer testified to Congress that it would be an “insane arrangement” to keep US forces at the Al Udeid air base while Qatar continued to support “terror.”

    It will concentrate minds in Doha that FDD was one of the lobby groups most dedicated to destroying the international deal with Iran over its nuclear energy program, a goal effectively achieved when the Trump administration pulled out of it last month.

    In a sign of how vulnerable Qatar feels over the issue, Doha has announced plans to upgrade the Al Udeid base in the hope, as the US military newspaper Stars and Stripes put it, “that the strategic military hub will be counted as one of the Pentagon’s permanent overseas installations.”

    The final straw?
    The cornerstone of Qatar’s effort to win back favor in Washington has been to aggressively compete with its Gulf rivals for the affections of Israel and its Washington lobby.

    Their belief appears to be that this lobby is so influential that winning its support can result in favorable changes to US policy.

    Qatar’s charm offensive has included junkets to Doha for such high-profile Israel supporters as Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz and Morton Klein, the head of the Zionist Organization of America who publicly took credit for convincing Qatar’s ruler Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani to veto broadcast of the documentary.

    While an all-out Saudi invasion of Qatar over a film series may seem far fetched, the thinking in Doha seems to be that broadcast of The Lobby – USA could be the final straw that antagonizes Qatar’s enemies and exposes it to further danger – especially over Al Udeid.

    With an administration in Washington that is seen as impulsive and unpredictable – it has just launched a trade war against its biggest partners Canada and the European Union – leaders in Doha may see it as foolhardy to take any chances.

    If that is the reason Al Jazeera’s film has been suppressed it is not so much a measure of any real and imminent threat Qatar faces, but rather of how successfully the lobby has convinced Arab rulers, including in Doha, that their well-being and longevity rests on cooperating with, or at least not crossing, Israel and its backers.

    Asa Winstanley is associate editor and Ali Abunimah is executive director of The Electronic Intifada.

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  • How Zionist terrorism determined Palestine’s fate (mars 2017)
    https://electronicintifada.net/content/how-zionist-terrorism-determined-palestines-fate/19871

    But how did terrorism originate in Palestine and what was its outcome, both historically and today?

    Thomas Suárez sheds much new light on those questions in State of Terror: How Terrorism Created Modern Israel. He does this largely by mining previously neglected declassified documents from the British National Archives, covering the period of the British Mandate for Palestine (1920-1948).

    Suárez’s principal thesis is that Zionist terrorism “ultimately dictated the course of events during the Mandate, and it is Israeli state terrorism that continues to dictate events today.”

    The author cautions that while he unequivocally condemns Palestinian terrorism against civilians, he recognizes that some were driven to extreme measures due to an asymmetry in power and in reaction to attempts to subjugate the Palestinian people and expropriate their resources, land and labor.

    Zionist terrorism aimed to prevent Palestinian Arabs from exercising their right to self-determination, Suárez argues, and when an aggressor encounters resistance, it can hardly use self-defense as a justification for its own acts of violence. “Otherwise,” Suárez writes, “all aggression would self-justify.”

  • What’s in Al Jazeera’s undercover film on the US Israel lobby? | The Electronic Intifada

    https://electronicintifada.net/content/whats-al-jazeeras-undercover-film-us-israel-lobby/23496

    The leading neoconservative think tank Foundation for Defense of Democracies is functioning as an agent of the Israeli government, Al Jazeera’s forthcoming investigation on the US Israel lobby will reveal.

    According to a source who has seen the undercover documentary, it contains footage of a powerful Israeli official claiming that “We have FDD. We have others working on this.”

    Sima Vaknin-Gil, a former Israeli military intelligence officer, is said to state that the foundation is “working on” projects for Israel including “data gathering, information analysis, working on activist organizations, money trail. This is something that only a country, with its resources, can do the best.”

    Under the Foreign Agents Registration Act, commonly known as FARA, US organizations and individuals who work on behalf of foreign governments are required to register with the counterintelligence section of the Department of Justice.

    A search on the FARA website shows that the Foundation for Defense of Democracies is not registered.

    Al Jazeera’s film reportedly identifies a number of lobby groups as working with Israel to spy on American citizens using sophisticated data gathering techniques. The documentary is also said to cast light on covert efforts to smear and intimidate Americans seen as too critical of Israel.

    Israel lobby groups have placed intense pressure on Qatar, which funds Al Jazeera, to shelve the film, fueling speculation it may never be aired.

  • 8 mars 2018 : #Femmes et #Palestine

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    Chloé Benoist, Middle East Eye, le 6 février 2018
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    Les Palestiniennes défient Israël — même lorsqu’Israël les emprisonne
    Lisa Gleeson, Greenleft, le 1er mars 2018
    http://www.agencemediapalestine.fr/blog/2018/03/05/les-palestiniennes-defient-israel-meme-lorsquisrael-les-empriso

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    L’Effet Papillon, Canal+, le 4 mars 2018 (21 minutes)
    https://www.mycanal.fr/docus-infos/palestine-la-peste-blonde-l-effet-papillon-du-04-03/p/1484129
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PYD8uUrDOBI

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    Israel’s systematic violence against Palestinian women
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    https://electronicintifada.net/content/israels-systematic-violence-against-palestinian-women/23531

    Le Comité National BDS palestinien (BNC) célèbre la Journée Internationale des Femmes
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  • What’s in Al Jazeera’s undercover film on the US Israel lobby?
    https://electronicintifada.net/content/whats-al-jazeeras-undercover-film-us-israel-lobby/23496

    The leading neoconservative think tank Foundation for Defense of Democracies is functioning as an agent of the Israeli government, Al Jazeera’s forthcoming investigation on the US Israel lobby will reveal.

    According to a source who has seen the undercover documentary, it contains footage of a powerful Israeli official claiming that “We have FDD. We have others working on this.”

    Sima Vaknin-Gil, a former Israeli military intelligence officer, is said to state that the foundation is “working on” projects for Israel including “data gathering, information analysis, working on activist organizations, money trail. This is something that only a country, with its resources, can do the best.”

    Under the Foreign Agents Registration Act, commonly known as FARA, US organizations and individuals who work on behalf of foreign governments are required to register with the counterintelligence section of the Department of Justice.

    A search on the FARA website shows that the Foundation for Defense of Democracies is not registered.

    Al Jazeera’s film reportedly identifies a number of lobby groups as working with Israel to spy on American citizens using sophisticated data gathering techniques. The documentary is also said to cast light on covert efforts to smear and intimidate Americans seen as too critical of Israel.

    Israel lobby groups have placed intense pressure on Qatar, which funds Al Jazeera, to shelve the film, fueling speculation it may never be aired.